Senior 50+ activities around the Grand Valley in Sept.
Pre-register for all events by calling the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson, at 970-858-0360 or visiting fruita.org.
Coupon Savvy Group
Gather with other coupon shoppers to learn new ways to share clips and tips. Group meets the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month in the FCC Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. Come equip to clip. Open to all ages.
Grandparents’ Day, Sept. 7
This event is held the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and grandchildren get in FREE to the FCC! (Limit two grandchildren for each paid grandparent).
Hawaiian Luau, Sept. 10
Enjoy live entertainment with Hawaiian dancing, Hawaiian music and luau entrees by P.S. Catering that are sure to create a tropical oasis in Fruita. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. at the FCC outside by the pool. 55+. Cost $15. Pre-register by Sept. 6.
Senior Social Night, Sept. 13 & 27; Oct. 11 & 25
Social begins at 5:30 p.m. and takes place twice a month in the FCC Senior Center; activities may vary. Bring a dish to share in the potluck. Event is $3 if you choose to have dinner, or you can bring your own. Make sure to register if you’re going to buy dinner.
Autumn Color Drive: Fall Leaf Peeping Trip, Sept. 20
Take part in a leisure tour through Colorado’s mountainous areas to witness the stunning autumn colors. 55+. Includes transportation and picnic lunch. Tour leaves at 9 a.m. from the FCC Senior Center.
Mystery Night, Sept. 23 & Oct. 21
Dress the part, collect the clues and solve the mystery of the month. Dinner provided. 55+. Cost $10. Pre-register by Sept. 16.
Moab Adventure, Oct. 2-3
Overnight excursion. Enjoy a picnic lunch by the Colorado River on the way to Moab. Shop in town and have a delicious dinner with a sound and light show evening boat ride, “Canyonlands by Night.” Next day, choose a scenic drive or take a hike and have another picnic on the way home. 55+. Cost is $175, which includes transportation, meals except breakfast, and lodging at Big Horn Lodge. Register by Sept. 16.
Cook Off! Fruita Food Challenge, Oct. 11
This is Fruita’s new twist on a famous TV show. Enter your favorite dish to win. Come on down and participate in the tasting to help judge the winner. Contestants, stop by the FCC and pick up an entry form and rules. The twist: Come up with a dish that consists of the following ingredients: Bacon, cheese, cauliflower and chili powder.
Pre-register at GJ Parks & Rec. Dept. for the following events, unless otherwise specified, by calling 970-254-3866 or visiting gjcity.org.
Progressive Pickleball Clinic Series, Sept. 7, 14 & 21
Designed for new players to get a complete Pickleball experience, this three-part series for three consecutive Saturdays will do it. Free, for ages 16+, 9 a.m.-noon at Pine Ridge tennis courts on The Ridges. First class will teach intro to Pickleball, second class will skills and tactics, and third will be strategy and a fun tournament. Info: email@example.com. Pre-register at GJ Parks & Rec.
Beginning Line Dance, starts Sept. 9
No partner or previous dance skill needed. Class runs each Monday from 12:15-1 p.m. through Oct. 21 at Lincoln Park Barn. 50+. Cost $18.
Senior Dances with live music
Dance the evening away each Thursday 8-10 p.m. at the Senior Rec Center. Dances are also held the 1st & 3rd Sunday from 1-5 p.m. at the center. 50+. Cost $2.
Gentle Yoga, Mon. & Thurs.
Designed for all abilities, this class will help increase flexibility, balance, strength and relaxation in a supportive atmosphere utilizing props such as a chair, blocks and straps. Class is at 7:45 a.m. at Lincoln Park Barn. Cost is $4 to drop-in or $42 for the whole series.
Garden Talk: Gourd Society, Sept. 18
Do a hands-on gourd art activity with Laurie Jo Elisha from noon-1 p.m. at the W. Colo. Botanical Gardens. Cost $5. 18+. Bring a brown bag lunch.
Estate Planning for Baby Boomers, Nov. 6
Boomers are taking care of their children and grandchildren and in many cases their parents. Explore wills vs. trusts, how to plan for disability, and how best to leave your inheritance. The free class is at 4:30 p.m. at Brown and Brown, P.C. at 1250 E. Sherwood. Go to http://www.brownandbrownpc.com for directions or call 970-243-8250. Call GJ Parks & Rec to register, however.
Estate Planning for Seniors, Dec. 4
Learn about estate planning for seniors and discuss wills, trusts & powers of attorney as well as the cost of aging and possible sources of paying the cost of care should you need it. The free class is at 4:30 p.m. at Brown and Brown, P.C. at 1250 E. Sherwood. Go to http://www.brownandbrownpc.com for directions or call 970-243-8250. Call GJ Parks & Rec to register.
Pickleball is a sport for all ages and is played on a badminton-sized court. Equipment consists of a wooden paddle and a whiffle-type ball. Equipment is available to borrow at the Parks office. Call 970-254-3866 for more information. Until the Lincoln Park courts are completed, Pickleball at 8-10 a.m. each day will be held at Pine Ridge courts: Ridges Boulevard and Desert Trails Drive in The Ridges. Just show up and play. No registration needed.
Senior Softball is open to men and women ages 50+ and is an excellent avenue for exercise and friendly competition. For more information, call Carl at 970-255-6688.
For more information or to pre-register, call Sarah at the Palisade Rec Dept. at 970-464-5602 or visit http://www.townofpalisade.org.
Fall Hiking Series, Sept.-Oct.
Hiking series will begin Sept. 9 with a hike up to Palisade Rim Trail. Meet at 8 a.m. at Palisade Town Hall. Hikes will be held Mondays (Sept. 9, 16, 30 & Oct. 14, 21 & Nov. 4). $4/hiker includes transportation.
Fall Biking Series, Sept. 13
Enjoy morning rides along the Colorado River. Each month, Palisade Rec. will take a group to a different section of the Colo. Riverfront Trail. Bring your own bike and helmet. $4/biker. Meet at 8 a.m. at Palisade Town Hall. Register by Sept. 10.
Tea and History, Sept. 17
Dive into history with group discussion and readings on various interest areas the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:15-7:15 p.m. at Palisade Town Hall. The first topic will cover Palisade History, and each additional topic will be chosen based on class interest. Cost is $3 and includes tea and cookies.
Super Saturday Yoga Workshop: “Harvest Your Energy,” Sept. 21
The event is Sept. 21 from 9-noon at Palisade Community Center. $25 if you register by Sept. 13; $35 after.
Black Canyon Trip, Sept. 24
Enjoy the fall colors of the Black Canyon National Park and a five-mile hike along the Dead Horse Trail. Bring a picnic lunch. Cost is $14, includes transportation and admission to the park. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Palisade Town Hall. Register by Sept. 17.
Harvest Picnic, Sept. 25
Enjoy the company of fellow gardeners with a fun picnic with recipes using ingredients from our gardens. The program is free, all participants should bring a dish to share, recipe to swap, and if desired seeds for the seed exchange. Event is noon at Palisade Memorial Park. Deadline to register Sept. 20.
Western Slope Non-Smoking Singles group for seniors
(not affiliated with any church)
• Sept. 14 — Potluck meeting followed by ice cream social at First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 ½ Road, at 1 p.m. Bring a covered dish.
• Sept. 18 — Dine out at Dos Hombres in Clifton, 3245 I-70 Business Loop, at 11:30 a.m. Call Winnie 970-589-9309 by the 17th for reservations. Guests are welcome but you must RSVP.
• Sept. 28 — Meet for the Fruita Fall Festival at the south end of the Sears parking lot at Mesa Mall at 9 a.m. in order to attend as a group.
To join the group or for more information, call Flora at 970-434-5277. Guests are not only invited to all functions, but are encouraged.
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